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Category archives for: No Mercury

Minamata Convention on Mercury: Two years after

It was exactly two years on Friday 16th August 2019 that the Minamata Convention on Mercury- a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from human-induced emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds- came into force. The Convention became legally binding on 16th August 2017, 90 days after it exceeded the threshold of 50 […]

‘Using mercury in dental cure a threat to health’

Speakers at a workshop emphasised the need for imposing a ban on mercury use in dental treatment, considering its injurious impact on health and environment.     They said using mercury or silver to fill tooth decay is posing a serious threat to the human health and the environment.   Department of Environment (DoE) and Environment and Social […]

An International Conference on Minamata Convention

An international conference on Minamata Convention, which prevents health damage and environmental pollution caused by mercury that caused Minamata disease on a global scale, has begun in Osaka, Japan on a three day schedule from the 27 May. On the conference team of Minamata mercury waste expert has gathered. The conference was attended by the […]

Dentists commit to stopping mercury use in dental fillings

Dentists across the country have agreed to stop using mercury, a highly toxic heavy metal, for dental filling, in a step towards ensuring mercury-free dentistry. Nepal Dental Association (NDA)—the umbrella organisation of dental surgeons in the country—together with other professional associations and non-governmental organisations working for making the health sector and environment mercury-free, has made […]

Beauty s-care

Sumi Akhter was on the lookout for a skin lightening cream as she wanted to appear fairer at her sister's wedding just two weeks away. She found her desired product at a cosmetics shop in the capital's Hossainia Market. The Pakistan-made cream promised lighter skin tone in seven days. The college student had no idea […]

Toxic mercury poisoning the Amazon

Alongside the all-too-visible deforestation, the Amazon is facing an invisible but increasing threat from mercury pollution according to a new WWF report released today at the Second Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Geneva, Switzerland. Healthy Rivers, Healthy People highlights the dangers mercury pollution poses across the Amazon and calls for urgent […]

New report calls for ‘urgent action’ over mercury poisoning of Grassy Narrows youth, mothers

A new report shows mercury poisoning of the English-Wabigoon river system is having serious, detrimental effects on the health of youth and mothers in Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation).The second part of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek Community Health Assessment Report — which focuses on children and youth — was released today at a media conference at Parliament […]

Skin-lightening creams are dangerous – yet business is booming. Can the trade be stopped?

On a crisp, sunny morning a couple of official vehicles, including a police car, pull into a quiet cul-de-sac in a seaside town. Officers get out and knock on the door of one of the houses, then proceed to search it: every cupboard is opened, every box. Old furniture is pulled out of the garage. […]

Ministry of Climate Change organises awareness seminar on mercury

The Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with United Nations Environment and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) organised an awareness seminar on mercury and its impacts on human health and the Pakistani environment. The Ministry of Climate Change with development partners is implementing a project on Development of Minamata Initial Assessment in Pakistan which is […]

The Minamata Convention on Mercury celebrates its first anniversary

One year ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds – came into force. Mercury is a natural element: it is found in the Earth’s crust and naturally released through volcanic activity and […]

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